Over the town there is one of the most visited mountain in the world, Pikes Peak. There are 3 ways to reach the top, at about 4500 mt: hiking, the cheapest (it's free) but harder obviously; driving, $10 per person; taking the cog railway from Manitou Springs, that is the most expensive ($26 per/person) but it's also the faster way to get to the top.
Standing just a bit over 14,000 ft. Pikes Peak one of the most well known mountains of the Rocky Mountain Range.
Several ways you can get up there. You can drive but make sure you have good brakes. Or if you are adventurous and in good shape you can hike it. There is also a train that will take you too the top.
Pike's Peak is not Colorado's highest mountain, but its 31st ranking peak. It is probably the state's best known peak however. Visitors have been ascending to the summit for decades by auto or cog railway to catch the glorious vew.
It was Kathryn Lee Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, who was inspired by the breathtaking view from Pike's Pike to write the words to the beloved song, "America, the Beautiful." This happened in 1893.
More photos in my Pike's Peak Travelogues.
I've never taken the cog railway myself, but have seen it arrive while at the summit. People seem to enjoy the 3 plus hour journey each way on the world's highest cog railway, in use since 1891.
Catch the railway in Manitou Springs, directions below.
Fortunately, there is an enclosed facility at the summit that includes observation deck, snack shop, gift shop, and restrooms. It can be cold and windy, even snow squalls are not unusual in summer, as we experienced first-hand.
I learned there was also a medic on duty full-time when I became light-headed and had difficulty breathing. Because of my history of heart problems, we had that checked out, then cut short our stay at the top.
Pike's Peak, discovered and conquered in the 19th century by Zebulon Pike, dominates the landscape to the west of Colorado Springs. Even though this grand mountain stands 14,110 feet above sea level at the summit, it's surprisingly easy for the common traveler to match Pike's feat of standing at its summit.
There are two ways to achieve you goal.
(1) You can take the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, which we did NOT do. Not sure the exact cost, but trains go up and down every 30 minutes or so.
(2) You can DRIVE yourself. This is our plan. It costs $10 per adult and $5 per child under 16, or you can pay $35 per car for up to 7 occupants. The actual drive is 19 miles, in which you gain about 6,000 vertical feet. It will take a minimum of two hours, round trip.
Not a lot at the top, but it's not everyday in America that you get to ascend to an altitude of 14,110 feet without the help of Boeing Corporation technology.
BTW, rest easy and go slow. Not a lot of air up there!
This is a great place to go see. You get to the top after what seems like FOREVER and have one of the best views I've ever seen. You are standing at over 14,000 feet. You can also take a train, but I went by car. We had a friendly groundhog on the side of the road waiting to be fed. If you see him when you go, give him a sandwich scrap: We called him bear! ;)
This mountain was the inspiration for´the song "America the beautiful" and was a symbol to the gold seekers on their way west. The peak (over 14,000 feet) is accessible by car or by train. Take a sweatshirt and a jacket with you. Although you might feel warm enough to just wear shorts at the base....believe me it IS cold at the top. Marvellous view!
Pikes Peak is the highest point (14,110) you can drive to in the continental United States. Pikes Peak Hwy climbs 7,000 vertical feet in under 20 miles, with no guardrails, but has a 360 view of the Rocky Mountains. The summit inspired Katherine Bates to write "America the Beautiful" after her visit to PP in 1893.
This beautiful mountain is what inspired the song America The Beautiful. The peak, towering over 14,000 feet, is accessible by car or by train. I prefer the train because the road to the top isn't paved and is very narrow and curvy and requires your total concentration, thus you can't enjoy the scenery on the way up. But taking the train allows you to gawk at mother nature in all her glory as you accend to what seems to be the roof of the world! Take a sweatshirt of jacket with you! Although you may be warm enough to wear shorts at the base, the summit is very cold and windy all year!
Pikes Peak is a very large part of the COS landscape. At over 14,000 feet, Pikes Peak grants quite a view of the city. You can drive up to the summit by car, hike up, or take the cog railway located in Manitou Springs. The Bar Trail takes a while (over a day) to hike up, and is best during the late spring, summer, early fall.
Pike's Peak and the sourrounding mountains are great for hiking and climbing. Not only that, but from the top of these places, you get a breathtaking view of Colorado Springs!!!